Baked Caramelized Wings


If you’re looking for a tasty chicken wing recipe that delivers big flavor without big spice, you have to try June’s baked caramelized wings. One bite of these tender, saucy wings and your tastebuds will sing!

What Makes These Wings So Tantalizing?

What is the secret behind these irresistible baked wings? It’s actually a sauce made with simple yet powerful ingredients like soy sauce, brown sugar, butter, and dry mustard. When it bakes onto the wings, it creates an incredibly mouthwatering caramelized coating you won’t be able to get enough of. The sauce strikes the perfect balance of sweet and savory that will have you licking your fingers clean.

Where Did This Spectacular Recipe Come From?

June learned this recipe from her mom over 40 years ago! It was originally published in the Enquirer as Betty White’s baked caramelized wings. Talk about celebrity credibility! As soon as June’s family tried the wings, they were hooked and have been making them ever since. Now, June is graciously passing the recipe down so we can all enjoy this fried chicken favorite turned healthy oven-baked version.

What Are Some Tips For Making These Wings?

First, be sure to marinate the raw wings in the sauce mixture for at least an hour, or even overnight if you can, before baking. This allows the flavors to sink deep down into the meat. Bake at 375°F for 1.5-2 hours until the sauce coats the wings thickly and caramelizes. For more flavor, try adding minced garlic, a pinch of red pepper flakes, or fresh ginger. Serve the wings straight from the oven with crispy baked potatoes, sweet corn casserole, or cool, creamy coleslaw.

Will My Family Go Crazy For These Wings Too?

If you’re worried your crew won’t approve of baked wings, think again! These wings rival fried wings in texture, taste, and tenderness. The sauce so thoroughly saturates and glazes each wing that no one will miss the grease. Just watch your wings disappear bite by sticky, delicious bite!

Baked Caramelized Wings Recipe

Total Preparation Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

  • Preparation: 10 minutes
  • Cooking: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Additional: 1 hour Servings: 9


  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Soy Sauce
  • ¾ cup Water
  • ½ cup Butter
  • ½ tsp Dry Mustard
  • 3 pounds Chicken Wings
  • Optional: Garlic and/or Red Pepper Flakes

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, water, mustard, and butter in a saucepan. Heat over medium until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Place wings in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Drench them with the marinade. For optimal flavor, marinate for at least one hour. If marinating longer, refrigerate until baking.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the wings for 1.5 to 2 hours, until the sauce thickens and the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Enjoy Carlee’s easy and succulent Caramelized Chicken Wings, a perfect dish for any gathering or a cozy night in.